Book Reviews of That Hideous Strength (Space, Bk 3)

That Hideous Strength (Space, Bk 3)
That Hideous Strength - Space, Bk 3
Author: C.S. Lewis
ISBN-13: 9780020869207
ISBN-10: 0020869207
Publication Date: 9/1/1965
Pages: 382
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.

4.3 stars, based on 13 ratings
Publisher: Scribner Paper Fiction
Book Type: Board book
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While the official listing calls this ISBN "Other" I believe that it actually refers to the 1965 paperback edition. This wouldn't make a very good board book! A great ending to a story, full of allusion, metaphor and connections, but also readable just for the story. You finally learn what happened to Ransome after the Silent Planet, and Perelandra the first two books in the series.
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One of the best out of the series. More people should read this genre from C.S. Lewis
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can you do better than C.S.Lewis.
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A must for the C.S.L. collector!
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Fascinating and fun Wells-ian intellectual sci-fi with Christian overtones.
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The Space Trilogy. An amazing trilogy that I absolutely loved reading. It was utterly unlike anything I expected, yet still managed to far surpass any expectation and pre-conceived notion about the text.

Each book in the trilogy can be read separately, or in the larger unit, which is what I did.


That Hideous Strength was interesting. The Medieval feel to it was nice (I like Arthur and the Round Table and such) and I thought Lewis did a good job of bringing tension to the table and keep your emotions tied up. In a good way, of course, it made you want to keep reading - not stop reading. It also references Numinor. If you aren't familiar with Numinor, read the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. I thought that was nifty, it gave Middle-earth and the Trilogy a more "real" feel because there was a cross-reference. All in all, though, this is definitely my least favorite in the trilogy. I think Lewis tried to pack a little much into the book (it's twice as thick as the others, and a much slower read.)

Really all of the books were wonderful and I highly recommend them. Middle school-aged and above should be able to appreciate the Space Trilogy. If you can only read one of them, for some reason, I would suggest Perelandra, mainly because of the depth of thought in that book. I would recommend Out of the Silent Planet if you want to reawaken a sense of wonder, and I would submit That Hideous Strength to you if you were interested in modern development and a modern good vs evil in a somewhat more applicable way as it deals post-fall instead of pre-fall as in Perelandra.

C.S. Lewis is just an amazing writer. I have never read something of his I did not enjoy. Not that I've read everything he wrote, but I have read a decent portion of it. If you ever want to be challenged and read something understandable and well written, pick up C.S. Lewis.

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Lweis was a master at melding si-fi and theology with social comment. Last book of a trilogy. Not necessary to have read the previous books.
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1965 paperback